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RE: [docbook] DocBook and Publishing Software

> -----Original Message-----
> From: David White 
> The company I work for is making decisions about its plans for future 
> docbook publishing and the current situation that Framemaker is in.  
> Given that Frame may not survive, and that docbook / XML is 
> the format 
> of choice for our publishing needs.  What are your opinions 
> on software 
> solutions for a publishing department?  Granted the department has 
> individuals of different roles such as writers and editors etc.
> The tools I have seen are two fold: WYSWYG publishing (ala frame) via 
> Adobe InDesign (which I hear isn't ready yet to replace Quark 
> or Frame 
> yet, dont know its DocBook abilities at all).
> OR the XMetal route where publishers essentially become 
> programmers and 
> use something like Sernea from Syntext to be able to view their code.

XMetaL is one WYSIWYG XML editor, Serna is another. You don't need the
latter to view the code from the former, and you don't have to become a
programmer to use either of them. But it is likely that you need a
sysadmin/"super user" person who is in charge of installation, stylesheets,
support, configuration, and more (you probably need that for any publishing

For editing, I like Emacs/nXML myself. The Java-based oXygen is nice too. 

For more views on XML publishing, search/browse the archives of xml-doc:

Here is a fairly recent survey of XML editors:

This site has a lot of information about editors, content management
solutions, etc:


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